Bennett S. LeBow College of Business

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Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
Motto Learn Here, Lead Anywhere
Established 1891
Dean Frank Linnehan
Academic staff
Students 3,300
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus University City Campus
Affiliations Drexel University

The Bennett S. LeBow College of Business, also known as the LeBow College of Business or simply LeBow, is one of the primary and oldest colleges of Drexel University.[1] The school is included in several lists of best U.S. graduate business schools and offers a wide range of programs.

LeBow runs the Co-op program. This co-operative education enables students to gain up to 18-months real-world professional experience before graduation. LeBow has an alumni network of over 30,000 members in over 100 countries.[2] It is consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Economist.


Established with the founding of Drexel the business program, then called the Business Department, has been in continuous operation since 1891 under different names. In 1896 the Business Department became known as the Department of Commerce and Finance, and in 1914 it became the Secretarial School. In 1922 the Secretarial School once again became known as a business school being named the School of Business Administration. In 1945 the School of Business Administration formed one of the first Colleges at Drexel and became known as the College of Business Administration. In 1974 the College underwent another transformation becoming the College of Business and Administration.[3]

The College of Business and Administration lasted until 1999, when the program was named after alumnus Bennett S. LeBow after he made a contribution of $10 million to the University in what was "the largest [public contribution] by an individual donor in the University's 108-year history."[4] In November 2010, Drexel University announced the largest contribution to the university by LeBow in the amount of $45 million. The fund will go toward the planned $92 million project to construct a new 12-story facility to replace the 35-year-old Matheson Hall.[5] The donation is the 12th largest to any US business school, and the biggest ever to Drexel University.[6]


Matheson Hall (now demolished), formerly one of the primary buildings of the LeBow College

Undergraduate programs[edit]

The LeBow College of Business provides students the knowledge and technical skills necessary for success in the modern business world with Three Cs

    • Business Administration
    • Business and Engineering
    • Economics
    • BS/MBA
  • CO-OP
    • The Drexel Co-op program offers up to eighteen month of full-time, paid employment before graduation.
    • My LIFEfolio
    • Basic Training for Business
    • The LeBow Network
Leonard Pearlstein Business Learning Center

MBA and Graduate programs[edit]

The LeBow MBA and M.S. programs emphasize strategic management, managerial finance, international business, entrepreneurship, leadership, and ethics. The ambition initiative fills out the Drexel Executive MBA curriculum, offering experiential learning that reinforce traditional learning and allow students to gain the essential skills to take on leadership roles once they graduate.

LeBow students have options of selecting from four areas of concentration — finance, marketing, entrepreneurship / innovation management, as well as a "personalized concentration".[7]

Doctorate programs[edit]

The LeBow Ph.D. program offers specializations in seven areas: accounting, decision sciences, economics, finance, management information systems,marketing, and organization and strategy.

Centers of Excellence[edit]

LeBow also has seven "centers of excellence" which are resource centers for students to rely upon in their chosen major.[8]

  • Center for Corporate Governance
  • Center for Corporate Reputation Management
  • Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology
  • Sovereign Institute for Strategic Leadership
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Center for Research Excellence
  • Center for Experiential Learning


According to BusinessWeek, the LeBow College of Business' part-time MBA programs rank 10th in the nation.[9] During October 2007, LeBow College of Business' Executive MBA was ranked by Financial Times as one of the Top 20 MBA programs in the nation.[10] In the same month, LeBow's undergraduate program was ranked one of the Top 3 programs for entrepreneurs in Entrepreneur magazine,[11] and its graduate program for entrepreneurs was ranked in the Top 10.[12] LeBow also appears on The Princeton Review's list of "Best 290 Business Schools," released October 9, 2007.

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni of the Bennett S. LeBow College of Business include notable business people such as Raj Gupta, former President and Chief executive officer (CEO) of Rohm and Haas and Kenneth C. Dahlberg, former CEO of Science Applications International Corporation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AACSB International: Bennett S. LeBow College of Business". AACSB. Archived from the original on 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  2. ^ "LeBow: About LeBow: Facts". Drexel University. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Drexel's colleges and schools, 1891-present". Drexel University. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  4. ^ "Drexel Receives $10 Million Gift from Alumnus Bennett S. LeBow". Drexel University. 1999. Retrieved 2006-09-13. 
  5. ^ About New LeBow College Building
  6. ^ "Drexel to receive $45 million gift for new center for business school". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "LeBow Centers of Excellence". Drexel University. Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  9. ^ "LeBow: About LeBow: Recognition". Drexel University. 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-12. 
  10. ^ "Financial Times Ranks the Drexel Executive MBA Among Top 20 in the Nation". Drexel University. October 22, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 Top Entrepreneurial Colleges for 2007: Top 25 Undergraduate Colleges". Entrepreneur. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 Top Entrepreneurial Colleges for 2007: Top 25 Graduate Colleges". Entrepreneur. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-25. 


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